Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Sunday, November 23rd
Game 2: Friday, January 23rd
Game 3: Sunday, April 4th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 14th

Bucks 82

(6-7, 3-4 away)

Raptors 62

(6-7, 5-2 home)

    1:00 PM ET, November 23, 2003

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 20 26 20 1682
    TOR 18 16 14 1462

    Top Performers

    Mil: J. Smith 12 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast

    Tor: C. Bosh 13 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Blk

    Kukoc scores 15 for Milwaukee

    TORONTO (AP) -- Vince Carter refused to blame trade rumors for Toronto's latest embarrassing loss.

    Toni Kukoc scored 15 points and the Milwaukee Bucks ended a three-game losing streak with an 82-62 rout over the Raptors on Sunday.

    Tim Thomas and Michael Redd each had 14 points, and Joe Smith added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks.

    Carter had 15 points for the Raptors, who scored fewer than 70 points for the fourth time this season. Toronto scored less than 70 just four times in their history before this season.

    "We did not come ready to play, even guys not involved in trade rumors. Myself included," Carter said. "That has nothing to do with it. We could come out and win by 20 and everyone would say 'Oh, they aren't even worried about it."

    The Raptors have been involved in trade talks with the Bulls involving Toronto players Antonio Davis, Morris Peterson, Michael Bradley and possibly one other Toronto player to meet salary-cap requirements in exchange for Jalen Rose and Donyell Marshall, according to's Marc Stein.

    Toronto GM Glen Grunwald said Sunday he's been more active making calls about trades, but doesn't appear to be close to making a deal with Chicago.

    "It's unfortunate that things get ahead of themselves like they have here," Grunwald said.

    Kukoc had five points as Milwaukee went on a 11-0 run in the second quarter to take a 31-21 lead. The Raptors didn't get closer than eight the rest of the way.

    "Maybe the trade rumors are hurting that team right now," Kukoc said. "It's not good when you have that feeling and you're still playing the game."

    Thomas' 3-pointer just before the end of the third quarter gave Milwaukee a 66-48 lead.

    Kukoc followed with two layups early in the fourth, and Smith and Damon Jones made jumpers, giving Milwaukee a 74-52 lead with 7:16 left.

    The Raptors shot 34 percent, compared to 43 for the Bucks. Milwaukee outrebounded Toronto 45-39.

    Toronto committed 18 turnovers.

    "There are times when they become one-dimensional with just Vince," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. "Michael Redd, Tim Thomas and Desmond Mason did a great job on him."

    Milwaukee point guard T.J. Ford, the eighth overall pick in the draft, had eight points and six assists.

    Toronto's Chris Bosh, the fourth pick, had 13 points, six rebounds and two blocks.

    Game notes

    Toronto's 62 points were the third lowest this season and the third lowest in franchise history. ... Milwaukee's Erick Strickland did not play because of bruised left thigh.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 82 62
    FGM-FGA 31-73 (.425) 25-73 (.342)
    3PM-3PA 2-14 (.143) 2-11 (.182)
    FTM-FTA 18-24 (.750) 10-14 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-45 15-39
    Assists 15 13
    Turnovers 14 18
    Steals 11 6
    Blocks 2 3
    Fast Break Points 6 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 21 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Joe Smith Smith
    Points: 12
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 13
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2